- Iboro Akpan, a former leader of Ikono Legislative Council in Akwa Ibom, has made history after former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the second former PDP member to publicly shred his PDP membership card
- Akpan alongside over 500 members of the PDP in Ikono LGA defected to APC over the weekend
- The defectors say the PDP being heavily factionalized would fade away from Akwa Ibom politics in 2019
Over 500 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ikono local government area in Akwa Ibom on Sunday, April 30, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defection in Ikono, generally regarded as the cradle of the Ibibio, witnessed top PDP chieftains dump the party for the APC.
Among those that defected were four former councillors, Iboro Akpan, Samuel Etuk, Ndifreke Essien and Jonathan Umana, NAN reports.
Others include; Dr George Udoh, a former PDP chapter secretary, Dr Silas Udofia, a former University of Uyo official and Victor Etefia, an oil mogul in the state.
Receiving the defectors, Obong Uko Umoh, state APC vice chairman for Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, who represented the State Chairman Dr Amadu Atai, said that the PDP being heavily factionalized would fade away from Akwa Ibom politics in 2019.
He charged the defectors to return to their wards to join existing APC members to preach the message of change.
In his remarks, the immediate past senator of Akwa Ibom North West in the National Assembly, Sen. Aloysius Etok, expressed joy that all the “real politicians” in the area were together in the APC.
Etok assured the APC in the state of bloc votes in Ikono in the 2019 general elections.
According to him, the era of writing election results in Government House, Uyo is over.
He described some of those still in Ikono PDP as “lightweight and violent politicians” with no grassroots support.
Etok also dismissed claim by the PDP state government that it had constructed 250 kilometres of roads in the state.
Also speaking, former member of the House of Representatives for Ikono/Ini federal constituency, Mrs Iquo Inyang commended the defectors for choosing to embrace the change that was going on in the country.
Inyang applauded the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
She said that the anti-corruption war was the answer to the prayers of Nigerians who were impoverished by the mindless looting of the treasury by the last PDP government.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Iboro Akpan, a former leader of Ikono Legislative Council assured APC of their total commitment.
He said he was making history after former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the second former PDP member to publicly shred his membership card.
Two years ago, NAIJ.com reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo finally decided to part ways with the PDP by tearing his membership card.
Chief Obasanjo dumped the PDP, declaring that he was no longer interested in the party.
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